Boston Dynamics today unveiled an updated version of the famous Spot Robop. The new model is called the Spot Enterprise, and its key feature is the presence of a charging station in the package, to which Spot connects independently, without any signal from the human side. Just like a robot vacuum cleaner. This has a positive effect on the robot’s ability to move across large areas, where several charging stations can be placed at different ends.
There have been some changes in the hardware: increased security and improved communication. Due to this, the robot, again, can serve in enterprises of a larger area (in comparison with the previous model), and operators can download large amounts of data from it.
Together with Spot Enterprise, Boston Dynamics introduced a browser-based control system called Scout, which makes it easy to remotely control a robot. Through the browser, users can control it either manually or launch predefined action scenarios.
Finally, the third novelty of the company is a robotic arm with the laconic name Spot Arm, which can grab, lift, carry, place and drag various objects. And to do this both in manual mode (with remote control through the operator) and semi-autonomously. With this hand, the Spot can open and close valves, turn knobs, pull levers, open doors, and more. The robot can also be equipped with a thermal imager and a conventional camera with 30x optical zoom.